Yellowstone Tourism Creates $647 Million in Economic Benefits

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(Photo Ron Richter ©)
(Photo Ron Richter ©)

A report released by the National Park Service Thursday shows that 4.1 million visitors to Yellowstone National Park last year spent $512.6 million in communities near the park.

The report indicated that spending supported over 7,000 jobs in the area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of over $647 million.

Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly said that the numbers once again show the enormous positive impacts our national parks have on our local economy and that for many reasons, well beyond economics, it's essential that we invest aggressively to protect these incredible places in the future.

Lodging expenses accounted for the largest share of visitor spending with food expenses coming in a close second. The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by economists with the U.S. Geological Survey and staff with the National Park Service.

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